The emergency room at CHRISTUS Schumpert St. Mary in Shreveport will close at midnight on Friday as part of the hospital system’s change in strategic direction announced in May, but other services will remain for at least another 18 to 24 months.

The changes include a $55 million dollar expansion of the health system’s Highland campus and the transfer of all acute care services from the Schumpert St. Mary campus to Highland. The closure of the St. Mary campus includes the ER, as well as the Sutton Children’s Medical Center.

The Grace Home will remain at the St. Mary campus, but neonatal intensive care services, the birth center, cancer treatment center, inpatient rehabilitation, wound care and breast centers will all be moved to the Highland campus once construction work is complete. That’s expected to take another 18 to 24 months. Until then, they will remain open at St. Mary.

The expansion at the Highland campus will include a new comprehensive cancer center, a new neonatal intensive care unit and expanded OB, ER and radiology services, and a new inpatient rehabilitation center.

It will also expand the number of beds at Highland and remodel all existing patient rooms.

The plan also calls for the expansion of outpatient and ambulatory services with new facilities in Shreveport and Bossier City.

A consulting firm has been hired to find alternative uses for the facilities on the Schumpert St. Mary Campus, but the hospital says the results of the firm’s study have not yet been received.

KSLA – Carolyn Roy